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NEW SHOES: Joshua Swift, left, and David Maceroni, in their East Providence warehouse where they receive and ship out shoes for their new company, Dash Running LLC. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Dash makes swift entry in shoe sales

Joshua Swift is his own target audience: a recreational runner sick of paying too much for fancy running shoes from brand-name companies. And he figured...
HANDIWORK: Mike ­Heimall, owner of Providence Shoe Repair, ­repairs a leather bag at his shop on Mathewson Street. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Cobbler in demand since opening shop in March

When people think of cobbler services, salvaging expensive dress shoes might come to mind. That’s sometimes the case, said Providence Shoe Repair owner Mike...
KEEPING WATCH: Levi Tracy, part of the grow staff at medical marijuana cultivator Hangar 420 in Warwick, tends the near-harvest plants. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Budding medical marijuana cultivator has high expectations for expansion

A marijuana company called Hangar 420 recently landed in Rhode Island, bringing with it a cargo of rare strains such as “Do Si Sherbert”...
BREADMAKERS: Jeffrey Collins fulfilled a dream last year when he opened his own bakery, South County Bread Co., with his wife, Keri Lyn, in South Kingstown. /PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Collins’ bakery thriving after couple ‘catapults’ into breadmaking business

After baking bread for Belmont Market for many years, ­Jeffrey Collins decided it was time to pursue his dream of ­owning a bakery. The South...
UNIQUE DESIGNS: Lauren Sullivan designs and constructs costumes for a range of performers at her Siena Moon Design LLC studio in Pawtucket. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Sullivan leaves sales behind to pursue passion for costume design

Working as a circus artist in Boston, Lauren Sullivan often made her own costumes. This skill evolved into making costumes for friends, and eventually...
FRESH INK: Thanks to a push from a friend, Aly Rego followed her dream to become a tattoo artist by opening Secret Beach Tattoo in Middletown in December. / PBN PHOTO/KATE WHITNEY LUCEY

A tattoo parlor with a view

A small hot pepper tattooed on Aly Rego’s thigh serves as a constant reminder of the person who inspired her to become a tattoo...
SPECIAL STAY: Shepherd’s Run General Manager Susan Denice strives to provide guests a unique experience at the resort hotel, spa and winery in South Kingstown. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Shepherd’s Run offers guests a bucolic, relaxing getaway

A new getaway in South Kingstown is striving to provide the perfect mix of stress-relieving activities, as a destination resort hotel, spa and winery. And...
PERFECT FIT: Mobile DJ Alex Brown says taking over marquee letter rental company itsLIT RI was a perfect fit with his experience in the events industry. 
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Mobile DJ breathes new life into marquee letter rental service

In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, light-up marquee letter rental service itsLIT RI spread a literal message of “HOPE” around the state. The...
SELF-STARTER: After working for a local law firm, Marc Lewin launched his own practice, Lucidate, in Providence in March. The firm specializes in business and tax law.  / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Law firm gives clients ability to view documents, track cases

Marc Lewin worked for an accounting firm and a local law firm before deciding it was time to hang his own shingle. “I didn’t want...
SKYROCKETING SUCCESS: Goddex Apothecary owner Kass Ferland Haroun, who launched the company in August 2020 selling candles and incense at local shops and farmers markets, now has a studio space in West Warwick and products are sold in stores nationwide and in Canada. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Local apothecary’s products sold in stores nationwide and in Canada

Kass Ferland Haroun’s interest in magic started in childhood, watching their grandmother divine the future from coffee grounds. But it was only during the pandemic...

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